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UPDATE: Police confirm downed plane was false alarm

Kalamalka Lake
June 07, 2013 - 11:11 AM

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. June 7

Following a thorough search involving police, search and rescue, and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, authorities have confirmed there was no plane crash on Kalamalka Lake.

Vernon RCMP launched the expedition after a couple people called in Friday morning to report a plane may have gone down on the lake. Two callers reported a suspected oil slick and another saw a float plane in the area.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says a helicopter was brought in from Kelowna to assist in the investigation.

"We are satisfied no aircraft went down," Molendyk says. "There was no debris seen from the air or the water."

As for the oil slick?

"It appears there was some pollen on the water," Molendyk says.

12:27 p.m. June 7

RCMP are searching an area of Kalamalka Lake around Kekuli Bay and Cosens Bay for a float plane that was reported to have possibly gone down in the area.  Helicopters have been deployed.

A Search and Rescue team and RCMP are involved in the effort. There are also reports that conservation officers have been helping with the search by boat. So far rescue workers have not been able to find a plane, which, according to the initial report would be about 300 - 500 m from the shore near Cosens Bay.

The weather in the search area is windy and the water is choppy with white peaks.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230.

More to details will be posted as they become available.

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